Horizon Europe


Batteries Reuse And Direct Production Of High Performances Cathodic And Anodic Materials And Other Raw Materials From Batteries Recycling Using Low Cost And Environmentally Friendly Technologies

Website: Homepage – Rhinoceros project (rhinoceros-project.eu)


Rhinoceros will develop, improve and demonstrate, in an industrially relevant environment, an economically and environmentally viable route for re-using, re-purposing, re-conditioning and recycling of EoL EV and stationary batteries.

Rhinoceros will first develop a smart sorting and dismantling system enabling the automated classification and dismantling of LIBs and the reassembly of still working modules in new repurposed batteries for second life applications such as batteries for energy storage systems. When direct reuse and repurpose of batteries is not possible, a circular recycling route of all the materials present in LIBs (e.g., metals, graphite, fluorinated compounds and polymers, active materials) will be followed to close the materials loop. This route is based on a set of cost efficient, flexible and environmentally friendly routes targeting the pre-treatment, refining and the recovery of materials.

Through product qualification by industrial end-users, Rhinoceros will demonstrate the direct production of high performances cathodic and anodic materials and other raw materials at competitive costs from battery recycling. The achievements will bring Europe to an increased independence level from foreigner manufacturers and raw materials suppliers.

Project Budget: 9,059,403€

Leitat Budget: 319,576€


Financial Framework: HORIZON EUROPE

Contract number: 101069685

Start Date: 01/09/2022

End Date: 31/08/2026


Main role & contribution in the project:

  • Recovery of materials from low concentration of waste streams towards zero waste.


Funded by the European Union under Grant Agreement No 101069685.